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About Fairview Dining Room
Year after year, the cuisines served up at the Fairview earn the highest marks among respected food critics and peer reviewers. Our Executive Culinary team is widely regarded for their unique "regional neo-American" specialties. The Fairview has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award for 22 consecutive years and is the recipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating for two consecutive years.
From our ever-so-tempting appetizers to the last irresistible morsel of our homemade desserts, every meal at the Fairview is executed with discriminating taste and renowned attention to detail. The Inn's extensive wine list, recognized annually by the Wine Spectator Magazine, assures the perfect wine compliment for your meal. Exquisite food, impeccable presentation, attentive service, and a cordial, elegant ambiance make the Fairview the area's restaurant of choice.
Durham, NC 27705
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Afternoon Tea: Wednesday - Sunday: 2:30pm - 4:30pm. Reservations are required, please contact the restaurant directly.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Light classics are played on our baby Grand on Friday & Saturday evening 7pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm.
On site secure parking, with complimentary valet.
Private Party Facilities:
Private Party Contact:
Bobby Gorham or James Holcomb: (919) 493-6699
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Fairview Dining Room Ratings and Reviews
Seating was appropriate. Interesting menu. Seemed that other guests included date nights, families, and birthdays. Service was super, kept checking on us. Wife got cool, and they brought her a blanket - which she loved. Live piano player was very good. Will certainly be back!
The food is thoughtfully done and well presented. The value for the three course dinner is outstanding. The customer service is always professional yet personable. We always enjoy our experience at the Fairview. The only reason I gave a four star on the value category is that I feel the wine list is overpriced for the "house wines". I would love to see more value options here.
Really disappointing. I took my husband to Fairview as a birthday dinner and told the hostess and the waitress this was special. We were there on a Tuesday night and it wasn't busy, but our waitress seemed like she couldn't be bothered with us. She left for long periods of time and frequently checked on the only other table on the patio without even speaking to us. She asked if my husband wanted his salad and his soup together, which he did. The soup cake put but no salad, so he asked for it and then she brought it out. All of this pushed back our steaks being brought out and she asked if he wanted it with the salad. So now our steaks are sitting under a heat lamp. It was all overdone since it was sitting out. Then instead of comping dessert, she brought out a dessert after we ordered a similar dessert with a candle on it. Clearly it was an afterthought. I just don't get it. She wasn't particularly friendly but she could have been more responsive. She made what should have been a celebration into an expensive hassle where we both left feeling ignored. We will not return.
We had a delightful experience when I took my mother for a special birthday lunch. Everything was delicious, staff were top-notch, and the piano player played "Happy Birthday" when our waiter brought my mom a special birthday dessert complete with candle: Mom felt like a queen. I can't imagine a nicer destination for a celebration!
Fairview Dining Room is a amazing experience in upscale dining. The location is scenic, historical, elegant, and romantic. I am so grateful to Triangle Restaurant Week for providing an affordable way to experience this priceless, memorable opportunity to enjoy fine dining at its best.
The Fairview and Bull Durham Bar is a unique destination for drinks, dining, and relaxing. The views of the golf course from the patio and inside are picturesque. The service is great in the dining room. The menu is interesting and flavorful.
We had a very disappointing lunch last Saturday. Maybe it was because of Restaurant Week but at a place this nice, that should not have happened. First the hostess told us to wait in the room nearby in a shrill tone. Then the servers left us without napkins through half the meal when one member of our party requested dark napkins. Next they forgot to serve a glass of prosecco and last of all, the coffee service came after we finished dessert, and we were poured half a cup. Too many bad things during one meal. Fortunately, the kitchen is dependable and everything we ordered was fine.
We enjoyed a wonderful brunch after my son's high school graduation. Service is always gracious. Kids love the all you care to eat desert bar. The shrimp and grits were outstanding. Other members of our party enjoyed the eggs benedict, the french toast, and the waffles with fried chicken! With beverage, starter, entree, and endless desert covered in one price, this is our favorite brunch location. Live piano music is very pleasant.
Went for restaurant week. They offer a $15 lunch which is an excellent value. It is a smaller portion of items off their regular menu. The service this time was a bit confused but friendly and quick to correct mistakes.
The soup arrived with no spoons.
i ordered French dip sandwich but a chicken sandwich arrived. Fairly quickly they brought the right thing but the frites were undercooked just a bit. I had to ask for ketchup.
I was never offered a refill on tea but flagged a passing person who brought it.
The dessert sampler was a nice finish without being too much. Overall the value is still there for their inexpensive restaurant week offering.
This was one of the finest dining experiences I have ever enjoyed. Fairview Dining Room hit all the bases: excellent food and menu choices, Outstanding wines and wine list, Truely outstanding service at each stage of the meal. Treat yourself to an exception dining experience and try this restaurant.
I've been here for Tea and had an incredible experience, but dinner didn't quite impress me or any of the friends I was with. The dessert was amazing but I wouldn't go back for the food. Pork was way way too undercooked for a white meat and salmon was crispy and dry. The ambiance can't be beat, just wish the food measured up.
We were meeting friends after a day at Duke Medical Center for a meeting with my wife's doctor. We were staying in the hotel, and just wanted a good meal with friends after a trying day. The food was great and the service was very good as well. If you are in the area, or staying at the Washington Duke Inn, you must have a meal here. It is well worth the price.
This was an unusually mediocre experience at this fine restaurant. My wife's eggs Benedict were under cooked in the English muffins were totally soggy and my steak was way too salty. Unfortunately our server never came by to check on the quality of our meal so we were not able to request a correction
Six of us enjoyed lunch over a discussion meeting. Fernando, our waiter, was prompt, on the spot with menus, drinks and filling drinks. Our seperate checks came in a timely fashion and while we continued to talk for a few minutes longer, no one rushed us out.
The ambiance and service most appreciated.
We chose the Fairview for a graduation dinner. It was a beautiful day and we sat on the patio. Just beautiful, delicious food and attentive service. Worth the money. They did not rush us and the tables were not overcrowded. So we were able to talk and enjoy our special occasion. Would go again.
Service started off fine but went downhill prior to entree being delivered. Food was barely warm therefore had to return it. Manager was very helpful and removed the charge from our bill. Unfortunately, this was a birthday celebration that was disappointing.
12:45pm reservation, our server keep forgetting to bring tea !( after he asked us what we'll like to drink! ) so I've ask for coffee instead, ( temperature of the coffee was Luke warm , not good .) Dessert stations: some of the pies , need to be refreshed with new one , few messy slice with some crumbs left over . Need to keep up with refresh.
Poached eggs were hard-boiled, but rest of Benedict was cold. Wait for water. Finally had to ask for bread. Chicken so over-fried and dried out. Music so loud we couldn't hear conversations. We are taking this place off our list. Sorry, because it is really a pretty site.
Have had both good and fair service and food at the Fairview. This time the service was slow, seating selection by hostess was very poor, food was overcooked. On prior occasions it was fine. They were busy but still does not excuse the slow service and poor hostessing.
I have had several negative experiences with the waiter Diego. He often puts me down, and is rude to me when he serves me (I have eaten with him 7+ times). Last night he was rude that I had not ordered more food and a dessert, and asked me "is that ALL you're ordering?" He later told my friend not to share his dessert with me because I didn't order one of my own. It was passive aggressive and made my experience less than enjoyable.
Went with friends, who had never been there, for our birthdays and they were enthralled with the whole dining experience. Unfortunately, I made the reservations for 3 and said we were celebrating 2 birthdays, when I should have said 3 (they're twins), so we all shared two candles.
We had a wonderful time and would hope to do it again for next year's birthdays.
I have dined at the Fairview many times, but this was the first time the meal was so disappointing.
There was a very extended delay between the 1st course and our meals. When the meals did arrive, they were not up to standard. The grits were awful! Bland without any flavor or seasoning. The table must have used the whole shaker of salt on the grits. The eggs benedict were cool and the hollandaise sauce was congealed. We had to ask for more, but it did not help. The meal went half eaten. She was very disappointed. The dessert table did have some good choices, the berry crisp was nice.
We will return, but disappointed over all with this meal.
What a terrible restaurant! The service was below a regular one dollar sign restaurant. We asked for bread three times before it was brought to us, and we had to ask a different server! Then he brought one small basket of bread for a table of 13 people. What? He asked us to finish the basket before he can bring more. What kind of outrage! This was embarrassing for me to host the business meal. Then he went around tripping over chairs and clanking around with silverware. Not only was service slow, he served us one dessert short that was included in the set menu, and we had to ask him to come back again a third time (AFTER THE CHECK WAS SIGNED AND HE TOOK THAT AWAY TOO) so he can practice counting with us. How humiliating. Would not recommend for anyone to go through the high bucks torture.
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